Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies

Changing Nature & Practice of Economic Geography

Changing Nature and Practice of Economic Geography

Research in this theme interrogates some of the different ways in which academics and policymakers go about understanding economic development.

Most analyses of economic development respond to models, ideas and metrics that reflect the experiences and economic development trajectories of North American and Western European economies.

Researchers at Newcastle are engaged in a wide range of research that, in different ways, explores what can be learned by drawing upon wider histories and geographies of economic development.

Research on:

  • globalisation
  • labour markets and international migration
  • household economies
  • ethical trade
  • neoliberalism and privatisation
  • Islamic finance

serve to internationalise our understandings of economic change and broaden our horizons beyond the confines of the 'Global North'.

Such work is also demonstrating the complex intersections of market and non-market sites, institutions and practices that constitute the economy in different parts of the globe.

Research in this theme has generated a recent edited collection, Postcolonial Economies (Zed Books), and a wide range of journal articles.

It also contributes to the Economic and Social Research Council-funded Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies.

Ethical trade, such as fair trade of tea from India, is one of the considerations for our economic geography researchers.
Ethical trade, such as fair trade of tea from India, is one of the considerations for our economic geography researchers.